trouble. "You do bad things and I got to get you George would then have to try to get Lennie out of the current predicament. This sort
Crook which is one characters that was isolated and lonely because of his race, disability and his deep mistrust of others. He is physically separated from the other men and has his own room in the barn. And since he is black he does not have the freedom or flexibility like the other worker have. His loneliness forces him to talk to Lennie. But when Lennie tried, helplessly in an attempt to make friends with Crook said sharply, "You got no right to come in my room. This here's my room. Nobody got any right in here but me." Since Crook has always been treated differently than the other workers he treated everybody how he was treated. However when Crook was little his dad never wanted him to play with the kids since they was white use a quote “There wasn’t another colored family for
Curley’s wife, who is never given a name, but always called “Curley’s wife”, is shown with a lot of sexual prejudice. She is referred to as a “looloo” (51) with a very flirtatious nature and “she got the eye goin’ all the time on everybody”, and she might “even gives the stable buck they eye” (51). A "ranch with a bunch of guys on it ain’t no place for a girl, specially like
In Of Mice and Men the character Crooks is a stable hand who works with the ranch horses. He is also the only black man on the ranch because of this he lives by himself. Crooks is seen as an outcast because of his skin color and because he has been injured and that has afected his ability to perform the duties expected of him.
I gotta tell you again, do I? Jesus Christ, you’re a crazy bastard.” This dialogue from George sounds like he is almost bullying Lennie. In this story Lennie has the mind of a young child, George knows he can’t stand up for himself. So why does he do it? George does it because he likes the power. If Lennie did not have George he would not survive. “God a’mighty, if i was alone I could live so easy. I could go get a job an’ work, an’ o trouble.” This quote from George shows that he likes to rub it in Lennie’s face, because he knows Lennie can’t make it alone. Those are all examples of being cruel to
How does Steinbeck present the character of Crooks? In the novel “Of Mice and Men”, the character of Crooks is used by John Steinbeck, the author, to symbolise the downgrading of the black community occurring at the time in which the novel was set. Crooks is also significant as he provides
“What’d you take outta that pocket?” George’s tone is accusatory which shows that he is astute. He then continues to bombard Lennie with questions, which gives Lennie the chance to demonstrate another type of power – his cunning. He attempts to deceive George.
“Lennie was in a panic. His face was contorted. She screamed then, and Lennie's other hand closed over her mouth and nose. "Please don't," he begged. "Oh! Please don't do that. George'll be mad." … "I don't want you to yell. You gonna get me in trouble jus' like George says you will. Now don't you do that." And she
The negative feelings towards Curley’s wife start changing after she reveals more about herself in Crooks’ room. She claims to be looking for Curley but after cold responses from the men she starts talking about her desire to live her own life. However, she shows signs of lack of sensitivity by referring to the men as leaving ‘the weak ones here’. Although she has a low social
Crooks experiences discrimination on the ranch. Crooks sleeps in a barn instead of the bunkhouse where all of the other men sleep. When Lennie first walks into Crooks’ room, Crooks gets defensive and announces, “‘You go on get outta my room. I ain’t wanted in the bunk house, and you ain’t wanted in my room’” (65). Crooks alienates himself from society, because he thinks that society has alienated him. He desires to be included. Crooks wants to punish the men for not allowing him in the bunk house. Crooks feels rejected. Crooks describes to Lennie why the ranch workers do not want him near them: “‘Cause I’m black. They play cards in there, but I can’t play because I’m black. They say I stink’” (65). Since the workers do not include him, Crooks thinks that he does not belong at the ranch. His self esteem diminishes when the men isolate him for something he can not change. Finally, Lennie reveals his dreams of owning a farm to Crooks. Crooks acts skeptical of the idea when he explains, “‘I seen hunderds of
While Crooks, a victim of racial prejudice, expresses his isolation openly, he also socializes with the other workers on the job and while playing horseshoes with them. Curley’s wife, on the other hand, cannot talk to anyone without suffering the consequences of a jealous husband: “I get lonely,’ she said. “You can talk to people, but I can’t talk to nobody but Curley. Else he gets mad. How’d you like not to talk to anybody?” (87) More specifically,after meeting him that same night, Curley’s wife ran away from home to marry Curley to spite her mother. She further confessed to Lennie she doesn’t even like Curley. As a result, she left one situation hoping to move closer to capturing her dreams, but her companion’s jealous and violent behavior prevents her from even socializing with others.(88) Therefore, she went from living with multiple people to living with only Curley, who is supposed to be her companion and someone she
I could get you strung up on a tree so easy it ain't even funny." This quote tells us that Curley's Wife knows that she is above Crooks in the social hierarchy since she is white and he is black and has a disability. When she talks to Crooks she is also very confident and disrespectful and uses racist language. When you zoom into the quote you will also see a ellipses in the quote which shows the tension and anger which Curley's Wife would never show to the other men not even Lennie. Steinbeck may have also used this imperative language to emphasise the villain in herself. Which tells us that if she had more power she would use it in a negative way. Since she would do anything to increase her spot on the social hyricaqi. You can also tell that Curley's Wife is releasing her anger towards Crooks since he is one of the only people she can show her frustration and relace her stress. Additionally it was her first time to shine and be number 1 so she may of wanted to boost her
During this time period, blacks were highly segregated from whites and women were believed to belong inside the house. This was portrayed in the book by the boss beating Crooks whenever something went wrong with the farm, and how Crooks was forbidden to do anything because of his color. That was the only job available to him at the time also, so if he left he would be unable to support himself. Curley’s wife somehow always found a way to find the guys and ask where her husband was, when she actually did not care. She believed she was stuck on the farm because of him and would not forgive him. “Why’n’t you tell her to stay the hell home where she belongs?”(61) Carlson tells Curley after one of her famous disappearances. Curley’s wife often trails the guys around trying to see which guy she can get to pay her any attention. Lennie was an easy target for her, and when she finally got what she wanted she ended up regretting it.
Relating to Crooks as an equal, they share the plan to buy a farm. Race is forgotten, until Curley’s wife appears. Forgetting to remember that he is black, Crooks’s orders her out of his room when she becomes belligerent and insulting. The backlash is immediate. Curley’s wife attacks Crooks in the most despicable display of racism in the novel. Warning him to remember his “place” and stay in it, she reminds Crooks that she can have him “strung up on a tree so easy it ain’t even funny,” implying that she has the power to kill him by accusing him of rape or some other heinous assault. The threat is chilling because Crooks knows it’s true. His word means nothing, and Lennie and Candy’s testimony would not save him from her false
When Lennie comes to Curley's wife on the other hand is rude without excuse. " `Listen, Nigger' , she said. `You know what I can do to you if you open you trap'" She abuses her position and has no respect for him at all, she doesn't even refer to him by his name, looking down on him with utter contempt and disdain. It is attitudes like hers that have turned him into the bitter man he has become – "Crooks had reduced himself to nothing. There was no personality, no ego-nothing to arouse either like or dislike"